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UN Women – Huffington Post – Friday, 08 August 2014 (originally published 07 Aug)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women Image: Huffington Post/UN

Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary road map for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Some 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists pictured a world where women and girls had equal rights, freedom and opportunity in every sphere of life.

While much progress has been made in the past two decades, no country can claim to have achieved equality between men and women. It is time for the world to come together again for women and girls and complete this journey.

UN Women is launching a year-long campaign to re-energize the vision laid out at the Beijing Women’s Conference. Our goal is straightforward: renewed commitment, strengthened action and increased resources to realize gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights. We call it: ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!’ . . .

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